15 September 2019

Balmoral Holiday, 2019

Hansueli Krapf, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Queen's annual break at Balmoral in Scotland is in full swing, with a couple of Sunday church appearances ahead of her official welcome to the castle. The Balmoral holiday usually lasts into October.

Any appearances by The Queen during her holiday will be gathered in this post.

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NEW! September 15: The Royal Regiment of Scotland Badge for church today.
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September 8: A lovely big pop of blue from Prince Albert's Sapphire Brooch adorned The Queen's coat for this Sunday's church service.
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September 7: This looks to be a jolly group: The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and Peter and Autumn Phillips joined Her Maj for this year's Braemar Gathering. The Queen naturally continued her tradition of wearing the Braemar Feather Brooch for the event.
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September 1: The Tudor Rose Brooch made the trip to Scotland for this morning's church service.
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August 25: I'm so glad we got a decent view of today's church brooch - we've only seen the Diamond and Ruby Butterfly Brooch one other time since this site started, back in 2012. We probably have Her Maj's car companion, The Duchess of Cambridge, to thank for that.

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August 18: The Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch gets its third outing of the year for a trip to church with the Wessexes (or the Forfars, I suppose, since Edward now has the title of The Earl of Forfar for use when in Scotland).

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August 17: The Queen attended a craft fair at Crathie Kirk Hall in the biggest brooch of the break so far, Queen Mary's Turquoise and Diamond Brooch.



August 11: The Small Pink and Diamond Brooch for another Sunday drive to church.

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August 6: The Queen's official welcome (after staying at another property until the castle closes to visitors and is readied for her) involves a guard of honor and therefore, as it often does, the Royal Regiment of Scotland Badge.

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August 4: Another Sunday church mystery and my half thought is maybe the Greville Scroll Brooch? [Daily Mail]


July 28: The first Sunday outing for church at Crathie Kirk of the break, and unsurprisingly, the brooch is difficult to identify.

24 July 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held an audience with Theresa May, who tendered her resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury. The Queen next received Boris Johnson and requested him to form a new Administration. He is the 14th Prime Minister of Her Majesty's reign.
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The Queen should have started her Balmoral break last week but she was held back due to, you know, this whole situation. Buckingham Palace is already open to the public for the summer, so she briefly came in from Windsor Castle for the prime minister switcheroo and then left the palace immediately after.

17 July 2019

Viewing the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening Exhibition

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of York, viewed an exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth ahead of Buckingham Palace's summer opening.
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No brooch, and for a Queen Victoria-related event?! Color me surprised she didn't at least throw on Queen Victoria's Bow Brooch or something.

16 July 2019

Presentation of The Queen’s Truncheon

The Queen inspected The Queen's Truncheon, the ceremonial staff of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, during an audience at Buckingham Palace.
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It's already our third sighting of the Round Cambridge Emerald Brooch for the year, think it has a shot at making the year's most popular brooch list? (It did back in 2015.)

11 July 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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Great brooch-to-dress match here, no?

10 July 2019

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held an audience at Buckingham Palace.
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There's juuuuuuust enough brooch peeking out here to call it the Pearl Trefoil.

09 July 2019

Visit to Cambridge and Dersingham Village Center Opening

The Queen visited Cambridge for a day of engagements at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, Queen’s College, and Royal Papworth Hospital.
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This visit has everything: a bonus royal, a dress showcase, a little brooch tidbit, and a monarch in sassy mode. The bonus royal is of course The Duchess of Gloucester, who joined in for visit to Royal Papworth Hospital because she is the hospital's Patron.

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For those of you who like seeing the matching dresses underneath the coats, this visit offers you a good look at a bold take on her usual florals.

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A brooch tidbit! The press notes this brooch is the "Singapore Shield" gold brooch, so now we know what the palace calls it. I've been calling it the Singapore Peranakan Diamond Jubilee Brooch around here.



And finally, some 93-year-old sass: Offered assistance with a ceremonial tree planting, Her Maj replied, "No, no, I'm not too old to plant a tree."

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July 5: The Queen officially opened the new village center in Dersingham, West Norfolk.

While at Sandringham this weekend, The Queen made what was billed as a private visit to Dersingham for an engagement. You can see a couple pictures here at Lynn News; the appearance marks the return of the Aquamarine Clips - favorites (former favorites?) that have been absent since March 2018.

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04 July 2019

Holyrood Week: Gorgie City Farm Visit

The Queen visited Gorgie City Farm, Edinburgh, on the final day of Holyrood Week.
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Here's The Queen taking a stroll with Olive the duck, as one does, while sporting two unusual things: 1) a very speedy outfit repeat (we just saw this one at Ascot), and 2) the two smaller Nizam of Hyderabad Rose Brooches! Although we regularly see their larger rose brooch counterpart, this is the first time we've seen the smaller ones since this site began keeping track in 2012. A great way to end this year's week of Scottish engagements.

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03 July 2019

The Pink and Black Paisley Brooch

The Queen wearing the Pink and Black Paisley Brooch
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For her annual garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse today, The Queen appears to have delivered the public debut of an unusual brooch. The piece is created from seven curved teardrop or paisley shapes (paisley using the Persian bota or boteh motif), accented with diamonds or other white stones on the edges.

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The paisley shapes alternate in black and pink opaque stones. The black could be onyx (in various photos from the garden party, the reflection off the shapes can make some of the black paisleys appear to be blue); the pink could be conch pearl or coral or another material. Onyx, conch pearl or coral, and diamond is a combination of stones that brings to mind designs from the Art Deco era.

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This is a bold piece with a strong graphic impression and high contrast between the stone colors, making it an immediate standout in The Queen's large brooch collection. As of this writing, the piece has no confirmed provenance or history.

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3 July 2019: Holyrood Week: Garden Party 

Holyrood Week: Audiences and Garden Party

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of York, The Earl of Forfar, and The Princess Royal, attended a Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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Guess what time it is, folks: NEW BROOCH TIME! (New to me, at least.) This is the first "new" piece we've seen this year.

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It's an unusual pick for The Queen, with black and pink opaque stones in paisley shapes accented by what appear to be diamonds. I don't really know any information about it at this time, but you can click the brooch name below for more thoughts.



The Queen received the First Minister of Scotland and the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament for audiences at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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It's not just a NEW brooch day, it's also a TWO brooch day, as Her Maj sported something different for her audiences earlier in the day. I very nearly thought this one was also a new brooch, thanks to a dress pattern that practically erases the diamonds in this brooch. It turned out to be Queen Mary's Russian Brooch - but worn with the sapphire on top, rather than the sapphire on the bottom as we usually see The Queen wear it.

30 June 2019

Holyrood Week: Church at Canongate Kirk

The Queen attended church at Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh.
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Not my favorite outfit-to-brooch match, this combo, but it's another brooch we don't see super often, and I'll always take that.



29 June 2019

Holyrood Week: Scottish Parliament Anniversary

The Queen, joined by The Duke of Rothesay, marked the 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Parliament.
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Ooh, a rare brooch pick for day 2 of Holyrood Week! The Queen first publicly wore Queen Mary's Thistle Brooch in a 2010 portrait taken for the Scottish Parliament, so this makes for a nice callback. (We've only seen her wear it one other time, in Scotland in 2017.)

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28 June 2019

Holyrood Week: Ceremony of the Keys and High School Visit

The Queen visited Greenfaulds High School, Cumbernauld, and arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, for the start of her annual week of Scottish engagements. Her Majesty was presented with the Keys of the City which she returned in the traditional Ceremony of the Keys. A Guard of Honor mounted in the Forecourt of the Palace was reviewed.
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Looks like we haven't seen Victoria's Bow Brooch since...last year during Holyrood Week?! Hardly seems possible for such a popular piece. Anyway, it's a good fit to a lemon outfit full of sweet details.

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27 June 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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I'm thinking we have a Palm Leaf in action here, but the floor is open for your guesses.

25 June 2019

Faith Community Reception

The Queen, joined by The Duchess of Gloucester, hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the work of UK faith and belief groups in bringing local communities together.
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Already the fourth appearance of good old Cullinan V in 2019! Headed for another appearance on the year's most popular list? Seems a solid bet.

23 June 2019

Royal Windsor Cup

The Queen presented prizes for the Royal Windsor Cup Final at Guards Polo Club.
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Back in hot pink at the end of a busy week, with an interesting brooch choice to boot!

 

22 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 5

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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It's the last day of Royal Ascot and at last I have an outfit to call my favorite of Ascot 2019. It's not The Queen - sorry, ma'am - but she was looking garden fresh indeed as she gave her mother's shell brooch its first outing of the year. (I think my favorite of The Queen's Ascot outfits this year was Day 4.)

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No, my Ascot fave this year has to goes to the blue-clad beauty Her Maj was chatting to above, her granddaughter-in-law Autumn Phillips. In a JUMPSUIT, no less! I liked it even before I saw this absolutely boss #TeamShades pic, for the record. Easy, breezy, and a chic take on the Ascot dress code.

21 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 4

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today. 
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Have we got some COLOR on display today, friends, as Ascot starts to wind down. The Queen got things rolling with her raspberry coat featuring a nice cut away detail to display the silk floral dress underneath. The Jardine Star Brooch looks enormous here, with a strong solid background to show off its full design. 

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Her Maj's seatmate for the ride in was Lady Helen Taylor, sporting an unusual orange and pink combo with a whole lot of hat froof. Normally, I'd advocate for ditching the orange bow...situation. But cast her as a supporting player in the raspberry queen's color story and suddenly I'm feeling like, sure, why not? 


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 Sarah, Duchess of York poses her own why not: Why not just treat every color like a neutral? Neutral green, neutral yellow, neutral purple. Maybe just not all at once, though.

20 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 3

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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A mother-daughter duo of soft colors and yellow gold accents kicks us off on Ladies' Day!

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Seems like an outfit tailor-made for this specific brooch, no? This outfit's also having a lot of fun with texture, which I like.

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I'm all on board for the color story happening with the rest of the family. I'll give a double well played to Autumn Phillips and Princess Eugenie...


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...and I'll even give one to Zara Tindall, even though I could do without pie crust anything, just for the color.


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I'm even feeling a jumpsuit-clad Countess of Wessex. I know. No one's more surprised than me.


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I gotta hop right off the train when we reach Lady Gabriella, I'm afraid. Can't recall feeling she overcooked a look before...but I guess there's a first time for everything.

19 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 2

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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Ha! Some of you mentioned that you missed the Albert Sapphire in yesterday's comments and BEHOLD: Her Maj is here to grant your wishes. Look at the color on that sapphire. Delicious.

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In the fashion stakes, The Queen's wearing a Stewart Parvin "silk bourette tweed coat in mottled duck egg, worn with a co-ordinating floral printed silk dress" and a Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat.

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HM once again led the family color story with The Duchess of Cornwall right behind her. The pale aqua gives her a chance to bring out one of the pearl chokers that's been in her collection the longest (since at least the 1970s), her Three Strand Pearl Choker with Aquamarine Clasp. I feel like we haven't seen this one in quite a while? Or we have and I'm just not paying that close of attention. (Accurate.)


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I wouldn't generally think of a velvet blazer as a fit for a summer event, but I also wouldn't dare contradict The Princess Royal. She's got pins and brooches to spare here, she's dangerous. Anyway, the dress underneath is super sleek and it's about time someone gave Camilla a run for her money in the pearl choker race.


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Our last major player for the day is The Countess of Wessex, and all there really is to say here is that the base of this hat is awfully distracting from this angle. That, and: Happy Anniversary! Ed and Soph are celebrating 20 years of marriage today.

18 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 1

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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Let the brooch (and hat) (okay, mostly hat) fun begin! A jauntily flipped brim straight out of the Beauxbatons Academy + a Sapphire Jubilee present from Canada = a magical match for Her Maj on Day 1 of Ascot.

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I have been waiting for an excuse for Queen Máxima to come to Ascot for-e-ver and HERE SHE IS, staying to enjoy the races with King Willem-Alexander after attending Garter Day. Nobody takes a plant to the face with more panache. And she made up for any carat deficit from yesterday with maaaaajor earrings from the Stuart Tiara (!) and a giant diamond bracelet. ("Out jewel me once, shame on you; out jewel me twice, shame on me." - Máx, probably.)


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I have been waiting for the British royals to dig into Elie Saab for-e-ver and The Duchess of Cambridge DID IT. And then she totally picked pieces that look like other stuff she has in her closet, like I could have confused this with Temperley easily. Well trolled.


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The baby shower-ready pastels continued with The Duchess of Cornwall, not that she ever needs an excuse a pastel outfit with a giant hat. She wore, as usual, her Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp and her Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings. Zara Tindall tied the group together with a floral that is basically one puffy sleeve away from the 80s.


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For a little more hat interest, we must travel to the rest of the family, where both The Princess Royal and The Countess of Wessex offered up some under-brim interest. Honestly, I liked Sophie's whole deal a lot more before I realized it's the dress fabric on the hat. Maybe with some contrast I'd be on board.


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Of course, the York sisters did offer up some colorful contrast and I'm not really on board with either Beatrice's random tassels or Eugenie's visible headband, so probably there's no pleasing me any way. Points for an Ascot attempt, though.

17 June 2019

Garter Day

The Queen gave a Luncheon Party for the Companions for the Most Noble Order of the Garter. A Service was held in St. George's Chapel this afternoon.
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Hey hey it's Garter Day, featuring Bonus Royal Action! Before we get to that, though, it's Her Maj herself. She was decked out in diamonds this year, including Queen Mary's Cluster Earrings. Those have been more commonly spotted at the Order of the Thistle Service in recent years.

Diamond Bracelet
Mantle and Bonnet of the Order of the Garter
Collar and Great George of the Order of the Garter


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Here's your Bonus Royal Action: The King of Spain and The King of the Netherlands showed up to be formally invested as Supernumerary or "Stranger" Knights of the Garter. Both received the honor during their recent state visits to the United Kingdom.

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Queen Letizia and Queen Máxima didn't miss a chance to show up in their behatted best, making for an extra splendiforous royal spouse line up this year.

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Queen Máxima just wanted to pop in and let everyone know that she's still into the ginormous belts, while The Duchess of Cambridge (in the Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings from Diana) is here to reassure you that her supply of proper Catherine Walker princess gear is never-ending. Thanks for the updates, ladies.

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Rare is the day when Queen Máxima gets out-jeweled, but she must have felt the sting of a missed opportunity when Letizia and Camilla rolled up. Queen Letizia came to play, bless her, with no less than the earrings from the joyas de pasar earrings and a diamond brooch (!!) (this one's from Queen Sofia). The Duchess of Cornwall matched her gem for gem in her magnificent Pink Topaz Choker and its accompanying earrings, huzzah. Deeeelightful.

16 June 2019

Cartier Queen's Cup Polo and Jackie Stewart Luncheon

The Queen attended the Cartier Queen's Cup Final at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park.
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A couple quick appearances from Her Maj to cover before a busy week begins: her yearly stint at polo, featuring the second (confirmed, but I feel like this one has been a regular mystery brooch guess) appearance of the Pearl Triangle for 2019...

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June 13: The Queen, Patron, the Royal Automobile Club, attended a luncheon to mark the lifetime achievements of Sir Jackie Stewart.
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...and this lovely blue, though I have yet to see a front view.